“I like Dublin and the antaganostic belittling which goes on. I see it as a reminder that you’re only as good as your last song”
“We were very good at paying our bills until we ran out of money, and that’s where the goodwill kicks in.”
For now, We Love You Dark Matter remains their calling card. Both Ferrie and Shanahan are happy with how it turned out and how it sounds 18 months on from when it was recorded.
“It’s a good document of where we were as a band,” stresses Shanahan. “You always look back at something retrospectively and go ‘we could have done that’, but it has the energy of the live show. We found a few toys to play with in the studio and experimented with those sounds. We smashed up a piano for a song, but it didn’t make the album. There was a certain amount of design and a lot of serendipity.”
“Some of the songs on the album are a few years old,” adds Ferrie, “and we’ve learned an momentum thanks to BBE to take us forward, and it means the album will get out beyond Ireland.
“It has given us a lot more confidence as well. The album had been out six months here by the time they came along. We had reached a ceiling and had done as much as we’re going to do right now in Ireland. BBE brought a new audience via their network, which means a bigger profile for us, which means we can hopefully get an agent to book more gigs and tours abroad.”
As the BBE chapter commences and DRN enter a brave new world of gigging in foreign climes, there will be changes to embrace and new adventures to be had.
For now, at least, the band plan to remain in Dublin. “I like Dublin and the antaganostic belittling which goes on,” smiles Shanhan. “I see it as a reminder that you’re only as good as your last song. It encourages you to take that and turn it into positive energy when you back into the studio. I mean, you might go to Berlin or London and find youself in the same situation.”
Then there’s the financial incentive to stay. “Both me and Ronan were in full-time employment until 18 months ago, when the market for archeologists collapsed,” says Ferrie. “We’re in the perfect country to be in a band without jobs because the welfare system is in such a mess. It’s what’s funding the arts. It’s only a matter of time before they cop on to the fact.
“I don’t feel too bad about it because I did work for years and years, and now, I’m pursuing this goal. And if things work out like I hope they work out, I’ll be giving back again.”